KTM’s Taylor Robert has claimed the overall lead on the second day of racing at the ISDE by the narrowest of margins over Spain’s Josep Garcia.
*Updated 21.45 Oct 12th*
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America, f’yeah. Robert put USA on top in the individual general standings, hanging onto the overall lead by the skin of his fingernails.
Regarding teams USA extended their lead in the World Trophy classification. The competition was extremely close between the three leading nations – USA, Italy and Spain – with just ten seconds separating them come the end of the day’s racing. USA are now placed thirty-two seconds ahead of Italy in the overall class classification.
In the Junior World Trophy team competition Spain topped the day while Sweden maintained their position at the head of the overall class results.
Once again it was Australia’s Women who led the Women’s World trophy class home, holding station at the top of the class results
Day two was once again a heck of a run for glory at the head of the classification with no less than the top four riders finishing within 15 seconds of each other after seven seriously dusty and destroyed special tests.
Spanish pocket rocket Garcia is so far proving the sensation of this year’s ISDE with the Junior youngster rattling the cages of all the top World Trophy players.
Ending his day just four tenths of a second behind Robert in the general classification, we believe he's won day two outright, he had his 250F Husky singing all day long. He also said it’s cool to race with the top guys!
Picking up pace and getting into the swing of things, Australia’s Daniel Sanders (KTM) was in the hunt too. He's now third overall after two days and three seconds up on day one winner Giacomo Redondi (Honda).
USA’s Kailub Russell is sixth with GB’s Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) seventh. Adding in Portugal’s Luis Correia (Beta) eighth and we have seven different nations hold the top eight spots in the overall classification proving once again just how tight things are in Spain.
In the Enduro 1 class Garcia continued his impressive form, topping the class as well as finishing as the day’s overall fastest rider. Close to fifty seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Garcia placed comfortably ahead of Italy’s Manuel Monni – TM with Spain’s Victor Guerrero – KTM close behind in third.
The Enduro 2 class results confirm that Taylor Robert – KTM was another rider to claim a commanding class win as the Arizona native finished twenty-seven seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney – Yamaha. Third in Enduro 2 went to USA’s Kailub Russell – KTM, despite the US GNCC racer crashing and hurting his right shoulder.
Youngsters Daniel Sanders – KTM and day one overall fastest rider Giacomo Redondi – Honda finished at the head of the Enduro 3 class, with Australian Sanders placing nineteen seconds clear of his Italian rival. Third went to Portugal’s Luis Coreia - Beta.
In the Women's ranks, Germany's Maria Franke beat Spain's Laia Sanz for the day two vicotry by four seconds. They were 36 seconds clear of day one winner Tayla Jones in third. Franke now leads the overall classification too.
Australia were dealt another blow when Daniel Milner was forced to retire one test from home. He jumped into a deep powder rut, the chain hopped off his Yamaha when it hit a rock and in turn damaged his front sprocket. Another crappy day for the Aussies.
As you can guess, the dust is a shocker here, despite a bit of morning rain. The ground is chewed up and turning into silt making incidents like Sanders bound to happen.
It’s kind of reminding us of Argentina 2014. Back then a lot of bikes ate crap on day three, so tomorrow could prove very crucial indeed if the promised rain contiunes to stays away.
Day three of 2016 ISDE will see competitors tackle a new course, which will feature two laps, a total of six special tests and a total distance of two-hundred and forty-seven kilometres.
Provisional General Classification After Day 2
Provisional Women's General Classification After Day 2